FLORIDA BAR ETHICS OPINION
July 23, 1969
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
Even though a County Attorney does not represent the Board of Public Instruction of the county,
he should not represent defendants in a condemnation suit brought by the Board of Public
Chairman MacDonald stated the opinion of the committee:
The inquirer advises that he has been retained by the Board of County Commissioners of
his county as County Attorney. The Board of Public Instruction of the county retains an entirely
separate attorney with whom he has no professional association. The inquirer has recently been
requested to represent defendants in a condemnation suit to be brought by that board. Two
members dissenting, the Committee has concluded that although no actual conflict would exist in
this situation, the possibility of public misunderstanding as emphasized in our Opinion 65-42
dictates that it is not in the best interest of the profession for this representation to be undertaken
by the inquirer. One member of the majority concurs only because he feels bound by previous
opinions such as 65-42.